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How to Achieve a Spanish Style

Spanish style is, at its core, grounded and earthy and majestic all at the same time. The humblest of natural materials join with rich, warm colors to create a cozy and genuine space in the grandest of homes. Spanish style emphasizes the relationship between the natural world and man’s world…and the beautiful merging of both. Vivid clay tile roofs adorn white arched stucco, vaulted ceilings set off dark rustic beams, and otherwise cold surfaces are warmed by the friendliness of the style itself.

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Full of a feeling of history and timelessness, Spanish style is still very much sought after today. Here are some ideas you can consider as you work to create the style in your own space.

Floor-to-Ceiling Use of Natural Materials.

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Hardwood floors (particularly the beautifully antique pine with aged patina in the photo below), Spanish tiles, and a wool woven rug are just a few of the many natural design options available for a successful Spanish styled interior. Exposed wooden beams on the ceilings are also a trademark in Spanish style homes. The look can be replicated by using white plastered walls (to achieve a stucco-like look) and lots of accents in dark wood. White walls provide a refreshing and aesthetic contrast to the beautiful woodwork throughout any Spanish space.

Warm, Earthy Tones.

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Because their beginnings were based on the earth’s resources, homes in a Spanish style utilize this tradition to their aesthetic advantage. Lots of earthy tones complement the natural, rustic feel of the Spanish styled home. Some traditional colors include white- or desert sand-colored walls, dark beamed ceilings, and red or brown tiled floors. Of course, some festive pops of bright primary colors help to complete the Spanish look.

White Stucco Walls.

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Historically, it was a way to keep the interior cooler, but now the look of white stucco walls in Spanish style is as much for design as for practical considerations. There is a definite appealing crispness in the simplicity of a wall of arched white stucco, no matter how authentic or modern the space might otherwise be.

Touches of Terra Cotta.

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Whether on clay tile roofs, Spanish tile floors, pots, or other accents large or small, terra cotta is an instantaneous décor additive for Spanish style. The natural color is warm, reminiscent of red clay, and despite its hard surface, terra cotta’s perfectly imperfect coloring and finish lends an aura of familiarity and comfort.

Wrought Iron Accents.

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Whether on large statement pieces such as chandeliers, railings, or intricate wall medallions, you should consider incorporating wrought iron into your Spanish styled home. The decorative accenting provides a careful balance between substantive and delicate. At the very least, you could consider adding wrought iron sconces or candle holders into your space to get the look on a smaller scale.

Picture sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6&7.

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Posted in How To, Tips, and Advice on November 22, 2013

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Brittney Smart
Brittney is a wife, a mom of four young children, a writer and editor (B.S. degree in English/Technical Writing), and a lover of interior design. She thrives on finding inexpensive ways to DIY her own home into a stylish yet family-friendly space.

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